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​Science adventures at the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre… smashing preconceived ideas of what STEM is

Girl power has well and truly been turbo charged in Central Queensland, thanks to an innovative STEM camp geared specifically for Year 9 students.

Working as an underwater drone engineer, seagrass scientist, geospatial scientist or a neuroscientist are just some of the career options the 35 participants learned about at the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre’s (EEC) recent STEM Camp.

Boyne Island EEC Principal, Michael Gabriel, said the aim of the camp was to engage young women who are traditionally under-represented in the STEM arena.

“Research shows that the numbers of women in workforces that are STEM related are significantly lower than their male counterparts and this is why we are focusing on this group,” Michael said.

“The idea is to empower the extraordinary minds of these young women and smash any preconceived ideas of what STEM has to be. We aim to show that science can be hands-on, real world, fun and environmentally aligned.”

These aspiring scientists came from as far north as Moranbah, west to Longreach and south to Gayndah and everywhere in between. They spent 5 days immersed in environmental ecosystems, aerial drone mapping using geospatial science, measuring forces while jumping off a high ropes course and solving water quality issues.

They also attended a field day at Curtis Island and Rat Island participating in the Coral Watch Citizen Science program and conducted seagrass studies.

Boyne Island EEC, located south of Gladstone, is a Department of Education centre that promotes environmental education for sustainability.

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Last updated
30 September 2019